We all love books. That’s pretty much a given. But I love other things too, and I know we sometimes like to share our love of other hobbies. I work in the theatre industry, so it shouldn’t be surprise (at least I don’t think) that I like musicals. Seeing New York theatre can be quite an expensive hobby, and I attribute it as the number one reason I don’t buy a lot of boys. I can read books free from the library… I can’t (always) see live theatre free!
So today, I thought I’d try a little something different. I’m going to list the five most recent Broadway musicals I was fortunate enough to see! I saw a few Off-Broadway musicals in between, but that will be for another time!
I saw it a few days ago because my friend had an extra ticket. Yay free! I’ve never seen the movie, but it stars Philippa Soo, who originated the role of Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton. She was stellar, for sure, but the rest of the show fell kind of flat for me. To tell you the truth, I can’t even really tell you what it’s about because I’m not actually sure…
4. Miss Saigon
The revival of this show is playing at the same theatre it originally opened it in the 90s. It was incredibly popular and ran about 10 years. It follows the story of Kim, a Vietnamese woman and her doomed romance with Chris, an American soldier. It was surrounded by controversy when it first premiered due to white actor Jonathan Pryce wearing prosthetics on his eyes to make him appear Asian. People still cite it as racist and misogynistic, and I can definitely see their points. It’s one of those things that I enjoyed, even though I recognized it’s flaws.
Ahhhh. One of my favorite movies. I’m pretty sure I didn’t like it growing up, but in the last five or so years, my best friend made me watch it. I have no idea why I hated it because I love it now. I saw the musical in it’s original run in Connecticut and wasn’t a huge fan. It’s improved on Broadway, and I did really enjoy it, especially Derek Klena as Dmitry (yes, they changed the spelling of his name) and John Bolton as Vlad. The costumes and set are gorgeous. I think anyone who likes the movie will like this.
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
I have a lot of mixed feelings on this. I can see the good in everything, and I saw the good in this. But they really missed out on a lot. The outside of the theatre was transformed into the chocolate factory and looks stellar. They must have put all their budget in that because the set when the show started was sorely lacking. They made some changes from the London version, and all the children characters (except for Charlie) are instead played by adults (most I’d guess were in their 20s), which I liked. But seeing sets from the London version… I feel cheated.
1. Come From Away
If there was a musical that I’d recommend everyone see this season, it would be Come From Away. (Also Dear Evan Hansen, which I love, love, loved. But I think I’d put Come From Away first.) It tells the story about a little town in Newfoundland, Canada. On September 11th, 38 plans were forced to land there after they closed the American airspace. Yes, it’s about 9/11, but it’s a really powerful, moving, and surprisingly uplifting story about a town coming together to feed, clothe, and shelter the people who were stranded. It makes you feel good about how compassionate people can be in times of tragedy. 10/10 would recommend.
So what do you guys think? Anyone else in the New York area seeing musicals? Anyone else just like musicals in general?